Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Recap 2013

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. – Albert Einstein

Your value doesn't decrease based on someone else's inability to see your worth. – Crystal Paine

As you move outside your comfort zone, your comfort zone moves.

Those who equate their political or denominational biases with Jesus will be most shocked by who's in heaven and who isn't. – Rick Warren

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees, flower, clouds and stars.- Martin Luther

Following your conscience isn't the same as having integrity. Our consciences often lie to us. – Rick Warren

To teach is to learn twice. – Joseph Joubert

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can learn to do it well. – Zig Ziglar

It is not pleasing to God when any passage of scripture is used to oppress races, genders, or classes of human beings. Many violent acts have been committed against some of God's beloved children through the misuse of scripture. The church is called to confess and repent of such attitudes and practices. – from Doctrine and Covenants, 2007, the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Is there no more mainstream church that has a similar statement? I'm particularly humbled by the call to confession and repentance, not just of practices, but also of attitudes.

Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help repair their future. – Troy Amdahl

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. – Douglas Adams

Faith is trusting that God's answers are always wiser than my requests. – Rick Warren

You're tired all the time because you try to solve every problem on your own power. The clue? You're worrying, not praying. – Rick Warren

Thanksgiving is the dethroning of a god and turning it into a gift. – John Piper

God prefers a humble prayer from a thief than a prideful prayer from a theologian. Luke 18:10-14 – Rick Warren

I don't have to understand all God does in order to trust him. I just know he's good, wise, and loves me. – Rick Warren

It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors of faith. – AW Pink

It is with our hands of love, not words of condemnation, that we represent Jesus to the world. John 3:17 In our rapidly rotting culture, Christians must stop arguing our differences and start honoring Jesus together BY OUR LOVE. – Rick Warren

Optimism is psychological. Hope is theological. – Rick Warren

Everybody trusts something.Trust God's unchanging truth, not your subjective feelings nor culture's changing opinions. – Rick Warren

Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your own two ears. – Anon

A delay isn't a denial. "Not yet" isn't "No," God often waits until YOU change before he changes your situation. – Rick Warren

God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don't run after them. – Rick Warren

I am thankful that God is willing to save us even when our grasp of the gospel may be partial or defective. None of us has a comprehensive or perfect grasp of it. – John Piper

If you're going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. – Samuel Palmer

A small goal that actually happens is better than the grandest one that remains a fantasy. @HolleyGerth

Christians assume the problem they have is forgetting the gospel, in fact the problem we have is believing the gospel. – Jason Meyer

If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. – Don Herod

Don't try to be interesting. Be interested. – Rick Warren

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. – John C. Maxwell

It's human nature to not trust God until you have to. – Rick Warren

The time is always right to do what is right. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well done is better than well said. – Benjamin Franklin

You can't have a better tomorrow if you're thinking about yesterday. – Charles Kettering

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Miracle

We ordered a quilt from Walmart for my mother-in-law, with photos of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ordered 12/21, shipped 12/23, delivered 12/25 at 9:47 am. What? FedEx delivering on Christmas Day? We were flabbergasted by our Christmas miracle.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Feeding the Giraffes

Mary is feeding the giraffes!

They were adorable. And the rhinos. And the unicorn.

This was at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park near Escondido. You can take a "caravan safari" where they take up up this close to many animals. We also got to feed and pet some rhinos!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

First World Problems

Anyone know what it takes to get Comcast actually installed? First appointment, postponed one week. Second appointment, showed up with the wrong equipment. Third appointment, never showed up, never called, never tried to re-schedule. But "records" say the equipment was installed. If they start billing our credit card, they'll be hearing from our lawyer.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Art 33A: Two Dimensional Design

This is an exercise in focal point and eye movement featuring my lovely wife, Mary.

This is an exercise in asymmetrical balance. It is black Artagain paper cut and glued onto 18x24 drawing paper. 

This is an exercise in symmetry. It is black Artagain paper cut and glued onto 18x24 drawing paper.

This is an exercise in transition between two figures. The figures are the harp and bull found on Irish coins. It is black Artagain paper cut and glued onto Bristol paper.

This is an exercise in Motif. The two motifs are the celtic knot on the top and the diamond pattern around the perimeter.

Another view of the Motif project. I painted this on an old plastic clock. The colors in the other photo are truer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Travels with Mary

This is a book I made for my 2-D Design class, Art 33A at Mission College.

This is the front cover of the book. This is a book that contains many of the art projects I've based on photographs of Mary.

Mary on the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a Photoshop rendering of a photograph. Mary is mounted on a wobbly spring so you can make her shimmy by tweaking her.

Mary in Paraguay. This painting was done from a photograph in Advanced Photoshop class using the mixer brush tool. Julio (the bird) is mounted on a wobbly spring so you can make him bounce by tweaking him.

Mary in Yellowstone. This is a block drawing done in Illustrator and printed in black and white on Bristol paper. It was then colored with watercolors and shimmer. The clouds were done with a resist. I drew the text by hand with a Micron pen.

Mary in Disney World. This is a line drawing done in black and white in Adobe Illustrator. I printed it and painted it using acrylics.

The back cover of the book has my logo.

Art 31: Beginning Drawing

Erden Eric, a man who rowed around the world. Copied from an "Outside" magazine article using a grid. Charcoals on art paper. 18x24.

Leonardo da Vinci's Coix, or Job's Tears. Copied using a grid. Pencils on drawing paper. 18x24.

Exercise in two-dimensional perspective. Based on a magazine photo, but not copied. Pencil with charcoal background. 18x24.

Self portrait. Pastels on art paper. 18x24. This is one of the first project we did in this class.

Hand tools inspired by Jim Dine. Black micron pen and watercolors. 18x24.